German, if all its complexities don't break you first, can open up many doors for:
- academics wanting to attend or work at one of Germany, Austria, or Switzerland's world-class universities
- engineers and entrepreneurs wanting to work in Europe's robust economy
- publishers and translators wanting to access the third largest book-market after Chinese and English
- beer-drinkers wanting to experience Oktoberfest
- night owls seeking the answer to their insomnia in Berlin
- instagrammers seeking fairytales
- those seeking out a worthwhile challenge!
Why Deutsches Haus at NYU?
We are New York City's oldest German language school, have been open to the public since 1977, and are part of an amazing university, NYU. Some of our teaching staff has been with us for many years, and they still manage to keep things fresh.
Can anyone take a German class at Deutsches Haus at NYU?
Yes! Our German language classes are open to the general public. And now that we teach remotely, we hope to get students from all across the United States (and beyond)!
How do I determine which level I am?
You can take a placement test (60 multiple choice questions, untimed) and we will determine your level.
What does a remote class look like?
We are using Zoom, in accordance with all of NYU's remote instructions. Zoom has a free version here that lets you meet for about 40 minutes. However, all of our instructors will be using the version utilized by NYU. They will send you links to join their classes so that you're not timed out after 40 minutes.
All our classes are 2.5 hours long. No worries, there's a 10-minute break :)
Throughout the class experience, you'll be able to see your instructor and classmates. Your instructor will be able to share material such as images and links via Zoom, create breakout sessions so that fewer students are grouped together to discuss amongst themselves (or do group exercises), and plenty more, such as create timed polls/questionnaires for lightning round-type games. The possibilities are truly endless with Zoom.
I'm still not sure virtual learning is for me. Is there a way to see what a remote class would look like in person?
Yes! We are presenting two remote trial classes on March 31 at 6pm for the A1 and B1 levels. This way, you can still take advantage of the early bird rate, which runs through April 1. Please contact Tanja Schmitz if you are interested, and for further details.
Is this one of those classes where they just drill grammar into you?
No! Our classes focus on all components of learning: reading, writing, speaking, and hearing. There's grammar, of course, but it's much more immersive than that. We also have Conversation Courses (also known as Special Courses), that move away from the traditional structure to take a more thematic approach. Past Conversation Courses have included: German Television: National Narratives in the Age of Netflix; Kunst des 20 Jahrhunderts; DelikatEssen; Geschichte; a rotating Literaturkurs etc. We offer about five Conversation/Special Courses per regular term (non-regular terms would be the Holiday Intensives and the Summer terms).
What's this A1.1 thing? How do I know which level to take?
That A1.1, A1.2, etc. is called the Common European Framework of Reference. It's a standardized leveling system used throughout the EU to better gauge acquired language skills. We're fancy enough to use it too!
Is there an option for private instruction (one-on-one)?
Yes! Need a more tailor-made curriculum to suit a timeline or specific goal? Tanja Schmitz, our Language Program Coordinator, can help set you up with one of our instructors. Here is more info on pricing.
Are all the instructors native speakers?
Yes, or they are failed intellectuals. Either way, you win!
How much is a German-language class at Deutsches Haus at NYU?
Our regular course fee is $620 for 25 hours, and $540 for our conversation courses of 20 hours. Our early bird fee is $595 for regular courses and $510 for conversation courses.
To see all prices, please click here.
Do you give discounts for seniors?
Yes! We give 10% and 15% off depending on your academic or senior standing. We also have a membership that can have you save up to $150! Find out more about discounts here.